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Environmental Governance


Admission requirements

Recommended course(s):

One of the 100-level EES/GED Sharing Scarcity courses is recommended.


This course investigates contemporary forms of environmental politics and governance. In recent decades, industrial pollution and anthropogenic climate change have put ‘the environment’ on the political and policy agenda. Increasingly, governments propose plans to tackle environmental problems in a variety of ways. This does not only raise questions about contemporary modes of environmental governing, but also about environmental politics and related normative concerns.

The goal of this course is to offer BA students with an understanding of pressing environmental governance issues of today, including the ‘wickedness’ of environmental problems, emerging governance networks, prospects of green state regulations, the rise of green capitalism, environmental citizenship, and issues of environmental inequality and justice. Governance approaches are explored in urban, national and transnational contexts. The course will also address the role of private stakeholders and civil society actors, in a wider governance perspective. Throughout the course, special emphasis is put on governance related to climate change.

Course Objectives

  • Characterise different types of environmental governance;

  • Explain the role of state and non-state actors in environmental governance;

  • Reflect on normative aspects underlying environmental governance.


Timetables for courses offered at Leiden University College in 2021-2022 will be published on this page of the e-Prospectus.

Mode of instruction

The course uses a mix of interactive lectures, group discussions and peer assessments. Interaction and discussions during class are typically based on the assigned readings that must be read in advance of the class.

Assessment Method

Policy Memo (45%)
Final Paper (50%)
Participation (5%)

(Note: assessment methods might change, depending on pending corona-measures)

Reading list

Most readings consist of papers and/or book chapters, and are assigned per theme and week (accessible online).


Courses offered at Leiden University College (LUC) are usually only open to LUC students and LUC exchange students. Leiden University students who participate in one of the university’s Honours tracks or programmes may register for one LUC course, if availability permits. Registration is coordinated by the Education Coordinator,


Dr. Shivant Jhagroe,


Depending on pending corona measures, some aspects of the course might change. Significant changes will be communicated before the course starts and will be specified the course syllabus.